After chest soreness scare, Cruz back in action

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz -- One day after Nelson Cruz's chest soreness put a scare into the Rangers, the right fielder was in the lineup on Saturday, batting fourth against the D-backs.

Cruz woke up Friday morning with soreness in his chest, and after undergoing a series of tests, it was revealed to simply be muscle soreness.

"They did the tests and everything came up negative," Cruz said. "It means my heart is good. It was a muscle."

When tests on Cruz's chest came back negative, the entire organization let out a huge sigh of relief.

"I think he was more concerned than anything else, and after everything checked out, well, now he's well [mentally]," manager Ron Washington said.

Saturday will be the last time Cruz plays with the Rangers prior to the World Baseball Classic. Cruz will leave the Rangers on Sunday to begin preparing with the Dominican Republic team.

"Nelson is full go for the WBC," assistant general manager Thad Levine said.